After the National Book Awards finalists were named last week, Laura Miller wrote a column for Slate called “How the National Book Awards Made Themselves Irrelevant.” Calling the award “the Newbery Medal for adults” she stated that “whatever policy each panel of judges embraces, over the years, the impression has arisen that already-successful titles are automatically sidelined in favor of books that the judges feel deserve an extra boost of attention.” Read More
National Book Award
The finalists for the National Book Awards have been named. From 1,223 books submitted for the awards in 2011, the judges must name only five in each category.
Unlike the Pulitzer prize, the NBA judges are practitioners of the work they judge: only fiction writers decide fiction and only poets decide poets. This year’s fiction Read More
Last night Tina Brown threw a party at Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate winners of the National Book Awards. Well, it was officially hosted by the Brown-edited Daily Beast, but given that all of New York is still buzzing about Tina’s more recently acquired title, there was no question as to whom the belle of Read More